Consultant – Training on Anatomy of Dogs

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  • Issued by: OSCE Mission in Kosovo
  • Requisition ID: POL00003O
  • Contract Type: Special Service Agreement (SSA) / Consultant
  • Grade: No grade
  • Job Type: Consultant
  • Number of posts: one
  • Location: OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Vushtrri / Vucitrn
  • Posting Date: Oct 15, 2021
  • Closing Date: Oct 26, 2021
  • Target Start Date: Nov 5, 2021
  • Education Level: Bachelor's Degree (First-level university degree or equivalent)

Background:

Within South Eastern Europe, the impact of uncontrolled proliferation and possession of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), ammunition and explosives continues to constitute a major threat to public safety, as well as social, and economic development. Poorly controlled and illegal SALW contribute to the continued proliferation of armed violence in the public and private domain as well as to criminal elements and instability, by acting as the enablers of violence and insecurity.

The use of trained service dogs (K-9), as an additional technique for detection of SALW and explosives, could be optimised throughout the region in order to serve as an effective support towards the activities of prevention and suppression.

The OSCE Mission in Kosovo (Mission) / Police Development and Monitoring Section (PDMS) in co-ordination with Conflict Prevention Centre / Forum for Security Cooperation - Support Section  (OSCE FSC SS) developed the ExB project titled “Support to the strengthening of the Canine (K-9) capacity of the police services to detect and confiscate SALW, ammunition and explosives” aimed at supporting and improving the detection capability of Kosovo Police (KP) K9 Unit that, once combined with other investigative methods, could significantly improve the investigative capabilities to tackle the proliferation and possession of SALW, ammunition and explosives throughout the region.

The project is contributing to the implementation of the SALW Roadmap, adopted after the EU-Western Balkans (WB) Summit which was held in London on 10 July 2018, where the leaders from the WB and like-minded European partners pledged to strengthen their security co-operation with the WB counterparts. The SALW Roadmap is guiding and consensual document developed and owned by the regional institutions, in an effort to achieve a sustainable solution to the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of SALW/firearms, and its ammunition, in the WB.

The project foresees various activities designed to enhance the existing K-9 capability of Kosovo Police and its direct contribution towards prevention, suppression and investigation of SALW, ammunition, and explosives misuse and trafficking in the WB.

To ensure the objectives of the project, the PDMS is looking for an international consultant to deliver a training on anatomy of dogs for KP officers and instructors from KP K9 Unit who are engaged in countering the proliferation, misuse and trafficking of SALW.

The knowledge acquired through this training will support the KP officers and instructors from KP K9 Unit involved in providing the first aid for the dogs of the Unit, promptly detect possible illnesses and / or diseases, prevent injuries to their dogs also by planning a correct diet and specific training exercises, better select the new dogs for the Unit and optimize their use in service.

The training will cover the following areas:

  • Introduction to the Canine skeletal system, muscle system, locomotor system, circulatory system, nervous system, digestive system, urinary system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, skin system, reproductive system;
  • The homeostasis focused on dogs;
  • Sense organs - functioning and malfunction(s);
  • Main symptoms indicating dog malaise and/or diseases;
  • Hints on parasitology;
  • Dog breeds used by police in SALW area - description, differences, nutrition and care;
  • Explosive detection dog - physical standards.

Objective of Assignment: 

The objective of this activity is to improve the knowledge of the KP officers of the K9 Unit on the anatomy of dogs and to strengthen their skills and abilities for the optimization of their use both by preventing or minimizing possible injuries and / or illnesses and by selecting the best new dogs to be assigned to the Unit.

In addition, the gained knowledge would indirectly support the training program for the dogs and to improve the diet for their well-being and better performance

Duration of Assignment:

The duration of consultancy is eight (8) days

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the PDMS Project Team, the international expert shall:

  • Develop the training methodology and materials in consultation with the PDMS Project Team and deliver final training agenda, video presentations, PowerPoint presentations, practical exercises and case studies and a pre and post-training evaluation questionnaire satisfactorily incorporating the Project Team comments and submit to the Activity Manager and in electronic form/as agreed with the Project Manager;
  • Deliver five (5) days of training on anatomy of dogs for 15 (fifteen) KP officers and instructors from KP K9 Unit who are engaged in countering the proliferation, misuse and trafficking of SALW and assist participants to cope with the challenges that they meet during the training;
  • Provide advice on the sustainability of the training program in the area relevant to SALW;
  • Produce the final consultancy report and recommendations for further action.

Deliverables:

  • By 08 November 2021 submit the draft training plan satisfactorily incorporating the PDMS Project Team comments, if applicable, to the PDMS Activity Manager in electronic form;
  • By 10 November 2021 prepare the final training agenda, presentations, exercises, case studies and training evaluation questionnaire satisfactorily incorporating the PDMS Project Team comments, if applicable, and submit in electronic form to the PDMS Activity Manager ;
  • From  15 to 19 November  2021 deliver five (5) days training on anatomy of dogs for 15 (fifteen) KP officers and instructors from KP K9 Unit engaged in countering the proliferation, misuse and trafficking of SALW. The training will last from 9 am until 3.45 pm each day;
  • By 26 November 2021 submit to the PDMS Activity Manager the final consultancy report including assessment of the participants, the effectiveness of the training materials/methodology, recommendations for further action and the sustainability of the training programme in the relevant area.

Performance Indicators:

  • Submitted the training plan incorporating the PDMS Project Team comments, if applicable, to the PDMS Activity Manager on time, in the agreed form and of quality satisfactory to the PDMS Activity Manager;
  • Submitted the agenda, presentations, exercises, case studies and training evaluation questionnaire incorporating the PDMS Project Team comments, if applicable, to the PDMS Activity Manager on time, in the agreed form and of quality satisfactory to the PDMS Activity Manager;
  • Delivered the five (5) days training on anatomy of dogs to 15 (fifteen) KP officers and instructors from KP K9 Unit engaged in countering the proliferation, misuse and trafficking of SALW;
  • Submitted the final consultancy report including assessment of the participants, the effectiveness of the training materials/methodology, recommendations for further action and the sustainability of the training programme in the relevant area, in the agreed form and of quality satisfactory to the PDMS Activity Manager.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • University degree in veterinary;
  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience at national and/or international level;
  • Experience in the field of training delivering and/or teaching;
  • Knowledge of K9 capabilities and how to use them in  the context of SALW;
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills and the ability to draft documents clearly and concisely;
  • Oral and written Albanian or Serbian language skills will be considered as an asset.
  • Strong ability to carry out work independently;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure in a challenging environment and within limited time frames;
  • Professional competence with MS Office and Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and different gender;
  • Flexibility, adaptability and the ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames.

Remuneration Package:

Remuneration will depend on the qualifications and experience of individual experts as well as the detailed work plan to be agreed upon and will be based on the current OSCE consultancy rates.

In order to apply for this position you must complete the OSCE's online application form, found under https://jobs.osce.org/  Applicants are encouraged to use the online recruitment and only fully completed OSCE applications will be accepted. However, if you have technical difficulties with the system you may use the offline application form found under https:// jobs.osce.org/resources/document/offline-application-form and forward the completed form quoting the vacancy number by e-mail to: consultancy.omik@osce.org. In line with your qualifications please indicate preference to one or more field of expertise listed above (while using the online application the field of expertise preference can be indicated in the cover letter part). Kindly note that applications received after the deadline, submitted in different formats than the OSCE Application Form or in other languages than the English language would not be considered. The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply.

Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.

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